Two year-olds by Bradbury’s Luck were topical tips last week leading up to the Winter Olympics at Vancouver. The Glenlogan Park resident sired his third winner when In A Tangle scored a gutsy win at Ipswich on Thursday.
Bradbury’s Luck was named after Australian ice-skater Steven Bradbury who became a folk-hero after causing a huge upset at the 2002 Winter Olympics at Salt Lake City. In racing parlance, he was tailed off but grabbed the Gold Medal when the leaders all fell on the home turn.
Bradbury raised his arms aloft in amazement at the unlikely circumstances of his victory and, after a nervous delay, the stewards let the result stand.
Bradbury’s Luck (Redoute’s Choice) was foaled later that year and in a short six-start career won the Listed AJC Canonbury Stakes at Randwick and Magic Millions 2yo Classic on the Gold Coast.
Ringa Ringa Rosie (Doomben) opened her sire’s winning account on November 7 and Elegance On Ice (Rockhampton) added another the following week. In A Tangle did not have things go all her own way when notching the third. She showed plenty of heart and determination after being caught wide without cover.
In A Tangle (2f Bradbury’s Luck – Tied Up by Woodman) moved up to hit the lead in the straight and then strongly fought off the challenges. “The filly certainly didn’t let us down,” trainer Bryan Guy said. “She had every right to lie down and run a nice second and we still would have been happy. She has always shown us a bit of ability and has a nice future.”
In A Tangle is from an unraced half-sister to the 2yo G2 placegetters Arrest (Marauding) and Confer (Danehill). Their dam Shackle (Luskin Star) was a G3 winner of the VATC Tranquil Star Stakes. She was also runner-up in the VRC Oaks and Australasian Oaks in 1986-87.
Guy purchased In A Tangle for $26,000 at the 2009 Magic Millions Summer yearling sale on the Gold Coast. She was part of the Oakwood Farm draft.
Glenlogan Park sold the most expensive Bradbury’s Luck yearling at this year’s Magic Millions when his colt from Amber Plate made $90,000 to the bid of Aquanita Racing.
But that price was gazumped at the NZ Premier yearling sale at Karaka when Danny O’Brien weighed in with $250,000 for a grey colt from Dance Class. He is a younger half-brother to Moulin Rouge (Commands) who won the Winzenberg Trophy in Hobart last month.
The next batch of Bradbury’s Luck yearlings going under the hammer will be at the Magic Millions QTIS 600 Sale at the Gold Coast on March 21 & 22.